ECE 60420 - Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization:

  • VLSI and Circuit Design
  • Microelectronics and Nanotechnology

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Normally Offered:

Fall - odd years


On-campus and online


Graduate standing or consent of instructor

Catalog Description:

This course aims at analysis and design of CMOS integrated radio frequency (RF), microwave and mm-wave circuits. Various modules of a RF transceiver are discussed including, how noise amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, frequency synthesizers and power amplifiers. A term project on design on RF to mm-wave module is required.

Required Text(s):

  1. The Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit , Thomas Lee , Cambridge Press , 2003 , ISBN No. 0-521-83539-9

Recommended Text(s):


Lecture Outline:

1 RF front-end architectures and modulation techniques
2 Active/passive devices and CMOS technology
3 Distributed elements, S-parameters and Smith Chart
4 Understanding noise in RF systems
5 Linearity of RF devices and circuits
6 Narrowband and wideband amplifier designs
7 Low Noise Amplifiers
8 Review and Midterm 1
9 RF Mixers
10-11 RF Power amplifiers
12-13 Oscillators, frequency synthesizers and phase noise
14 Review and Midterm 2
15 Project presentations
16 Course summary and conclusions

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